Social Innovation Platform in

  • Sector: Urban Transformation
  • Country: Kosovo

Agirre Lehendakaria Center in collaboration with UNDPs Europe and Central Asia's City Experiment Fund (funded by the Slovak Ministry of Finance) and Mayor's for Economic Growth

In 2021, five cities from across the Europe and Central Asian region embarked on an exploration of a new approach to problem solving, which is rooted in systems thinking: Stepanavan (Armenia), Almaty (Kazakhstan), Prizren (Kosovo), Pljevlja (Montenegro) and Skopje (North Macedonia) began designing their own Social Innovation Platforms.

Now in different stages of the social innovation process, these Platforms seek to interconnect organizations and actions around shared objectives, methodologies and evaluation systems, in order to bring about systemic impact. Although a platform approach requires increased effort in the design phase and new tools for building a collective vision, it will ultimately contribute to align disconnected initiatives and to enhance their impact, cohesion and visibility.


The city of Prishtina joined the City Experiment Fund in 2022, taking as a reference what was listened t in the Kosovar city of Prizren which participated in the previous stage of CEF. The Platform is currently listening to narratives in the city around the topic of urban transformation and validating this information in collective interpretation spaces.

Profiles and Narratives
Impact Levels
  • Community actions11
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  • Small and mid scale initiatives8
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  • Large scale initiatives10
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  • New public services9
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  • New regulation mechanisms2
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Key narrative

People in Prishtina need to acknowledge and develop collective awareness of the existence of diverse social needs


Key narrative

Having the youth potential and energy in the centre of decisions would increase the chances of change


Key narrative

We need a collective deliberation space to connect among us

Key narrative

Beyond summer season, there's nothing that makes you want to stay


Key narrative

The city cannot transform if the basic livability problems are not fixed


Key narrative

Unplanned urban development creates social and additional stress among citizens

The City Experiment Fund project is part of the Slovak Transformation Fund, financed by the Slovak Ministry of Finance. It is an effort of UNDP and the Ministry of Finance of Slovakia to support cities in applying innovative approaches to tackle complex challenges in the system. Spread across five cities, this project helps build capabilities within UNDP and the supporting municipalities to work on problems with a systems lens. 


The Mayors for Economic Growth (M4EG) is a joint EU & UNDP initiative to support Mayors and their teams in the Eastern Partnership region. The M4EG offers resources, network and learning opportunities to explore new trajectories of growth, and to make towns and cities more attractive for people and investment.